Tennis elbow. Anatomical, epidemiological and therapeutic aspects

Int Orthop. 1994 Oct;18(5):263-7. doi: 10.1007/BF00180221.


Five studies of tennis elbow are presented. Epidemiological studies showed an incidence of tennis elbow between 1 and 2%. The prevalence of tennis elbow in women between 40 and 50 years of age was 10%. Half of the patients with tennis elbow seek medical attention. Local corticosteroid injections were superior to the physiotherapy regime of Cyriax. Release of the common forearm extensor origin resulted in 70% excellent or good results one year after operation and 89% at five years. Anatomical investigations and nerve conduction studies of the Radial Tunnel Syndrome supported the hypothesis that the Lateral Cubital Force Transmission System is involved in the pathogenesis of tennis elbow.

Publication types

  • Case Reports
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Aged, 80 and over
  • Epidemiologic Methods
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Neural Conduction
  • Prevalence
  • Radial Nerve / physiopathology
  • Reaction Time
  • Tennis Elbow / epidemiology*
  • Tennis Elbow / physiopathology
  • Tennis Elbow / therapy